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Bridge selection outer foot width & inner foot spread


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I'm in the opposite boat.  Narrow upper eyes (38 mm I think), and the BB is about 2 mm in from that, so even with the angle it's a good 2.5-3 mm in from the bridge foot edge.  So I ordered a 39 mm blank as suggested by Jeffrey and will spend a good deal of time working on that new bridge.  I'll need to fit a longer post to get it in due to the narrower 39 mm bridge foot spacing.

I noticed on some of the dGs in the Biddulph book (I have the small edition) and some strad posters that even with narrow upper eyes and "innie" bass bars people stick to the same 42 mm bridges most of the time.  So I am not sure if I am chasing something for minimal to no change, but swapping a bridge is easy to undo.

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I have an old violin that is as you described. 38mm between eyes. I've had various bridges on it. Currently there's a 41mm on it, but I also have a 40mm. On this violin I didn't really notice a major difference.  You can take the feet in a tad from the outside.  I'm interested if you notice any benefit.  

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4 hours ago, dpappas said:

I'm in the opposite boat.  Narrow upper eyes (38 mm I think), and the BB is about 2 mm in from that, so even with the angle it's a good 2.5-3 mm in from the bridge foot edge.  So I ordered a 39 mm blank as suggested by Jeffrey and will spend a good deal of time working on that new bridge.  I'll need to fit a longer post to get it in due to the narrower 39 mm bridge foot spacing.

I noticed on some of the dGs in the Biddulph book (I have the small edition) and some strad posters that even with narrow upper eyes and "innie" bass bars people stick to the same 42 mm bridges most of the time.  So I am not sure if I am chasing something for minimal to no change, but swapping a bridge is easy to undo.

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On 5/10/2022 at 3:18 PM, Rustle said:

I'm interested if you notice any benefit.  

It took me a while to get this experiment finished.  I am not happy with the overall cut and fit of the bridge, this is my third attempt at bridge fitting so this is definitely not the final product.  The 38 mm bridge brought out more volume across all strings and more depth. It’s still the same violin with more “oomph” in the lower end and more power overall.  I’m going to take it to a professional to have them fit a narrow bridge.  Even my newbie job made the violin much better.  Thanks also to Jeffrey Holmes for mentioning this in other threads.   

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